I found this on the Digital Hub website, says it's opening in 2011, and sounds very exciting. I hope it doesn't get the snip!
Exploration Station: Ireland’s National Centre for Science and Discovery will be the Republic of Ireland’s first interactive science centre. When it opens in 2011 Exploration Station will be dedicated to providing children, young adults, their teachers and families with novel ways of exploring the world of science and innovation. The design of the centre and its exhibits has drawn on the best international expertise to develop what will be a world-class facility.
Interactivity, the fusion of science and art, and inclusion of all young people is at the very heart of the Exploration Station concept. It will have seven permanent exhibition zones which will occupy half of the 6,600 sq metres, with flexible programme spaces built into each. Each zone will be individually staffed and have a workshop area where visitors will experiment, explore, build, create, collaborate and discover in the context of the exhibit themes.
Over the first five years, an estimated 650,000 children and adults are expected to visit the purpose-built facility which will be located adjacent to the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Heuston Station. A team of architects led by Ciaran O’Connor, assistant principal architect, OPW, has designed the facility, which promises to be an important visitor attraction in addition to being a significant educational resource. Planning for the exhibitions and programmes is well underway with museum and exhibition planning company, Gyroscope Inc in California in consultation with a 35-member National Advisory Committee.
The project is a partnership between the Office of Public Works, the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism and the Exploration Station Board of Trustees.
For more information please contact:
Jane Jerry, Executive Director